genre: young adult fantasy
The Bitter Kingdom is the final book in a trilogy that began with The Girl of Fire and Thorns and followed up with Crown of Embers. I loved both of those books. And, ta-da ta-da, I loved this just as much! THAT is a well written series.
Elisa has left behind a kingdom on the cusp of a civil war. The commander of her guard has been taken by her enemies and the entire land prickles with the anticipation of battle. As she and her companions make their way into a land of old magic and unspeakable dangers, the things she learns and the risks she has to take will determine whether she even has a kingdom to return to.
There is so much about this book that I loved - Elisa, herself, is a big part of it. Her love story, her understanding of situations and the things she learns about herself. All three of these books are like one giant coming of age for Elisa and by the end, I feel like she has truly come into her own. Now, at the end, things did wrap up quite quickly, a little quickly for me. But the political parlaying, the intrigue and plot twists, I liked all of those. The religious undertones were more subdued in this book than in the others but it felt right. It was so good for me to read something that gripped me and kept me engaged until the last line.
Things came to a satisfying end.